2020 speakers:

  • Isaac Coonan
    Senior Industry Development Manager, Technology, Brisbane Economic Development Agency

    The Brisbane Economic Development Agency (Brisbane EDA) drives demand for Brisbane, and creating growth and trade opportunities for local Brisbane businesses. Previously, Isaac was a consultant and Director of the REACH PropTech Accelerator. He has also been part of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community and board member for Sortal, a digital asset management start up.

  • Kylie Davis
    Executive Director, Proptech Association Australia

    Kylie Davis is a serial entrepreneur, futurist and presenter on proptech and innovation in real estate. She is the host of the Proptech Podcast, founder of The Proptech Association Australia and a co-founder of content marketing automation proptech HomePrezzo which was acquired by ActivePipe this year.

    Kylie has an MBA from the University of NSW and a 25-year career across media and big data, holding senior editorial and marketing roles at Fairfax, News Corp and CoreLogic. Her research into real estate consumer experiences has set the benchmark for behaviourial performance.

    Kylie is a highly sought-after speaker both in Australia and overseas. She is a director of Property Investment Professionals Australia and consults to a range of technology companies including OpenAgent, ActivePipe and Dynamic Methods. Kylie was a finalist in the thought leadership category of the 2019 REB Women in Real Estate Awards.

  • James Dearsley
    Co-Founder, Unissu

    James is recognised as one of the leading thought leaders on the future of the real estate market. His role as the Co-Founder of Unissu (http://www.unissu.com/), the global leader of PropTech data, information and resources, means he has an unrivalled perspective on global PropTech trends.  As a result, he is a much sought-after speaker on the future of the property industry both in terms of how people and companies in the sector should adapt to facilitate change.

  • Dan Evans
    National Head of Property Services, Macquarie Bank

    Dan Evans’ role is to ensure the team at Macquarie remains focussed on helping clients improve their profitability by: maximising operational efficiencies, supporting their growth ambitions and sharing best practice from across the industry.

  • Todd Forest
    Managing Director, NAB Ventures

    Todd Forest is the Managing Director of NAB Ventures, and established the venture fund at the beginning of 2016.  NAB Ventures is a global initiative supporting entrepreneurs in Australia and offshore in their quest to build leading technology companies. Through his experience as a start-up CEO and in senior leadership positions at large media and technology companies, Todd knows how a large company can be instrumental in the success of early stage businesses.

    Todd was previously the CEO of Clipp Pty Ltd, a mobile payments and data business with a focus on hospitality. At Microsoft, he was the Head of MSN Asia Pacific, based out of Singapore and prior to that, was the Head of Digital at ninemsn. Todd also held senior management positions in Nike and AOL in the US.  Todd has been a successful angel investor over the past 12 years via Tasman Ventures Fund.

  • Mark Hansen
    Chief Information Officer, Dexus

    Mark has a demonstrated history of enhancing the value and effectiveness of enterprise technologies supporting major institutions across multiple sectors including Financial Service, Energy and Commercial Property. With over 25 years’ technology experience, he is skilled in business aligned strategy development and the execution of major technology programs that drive transformational change for ASX100 companies.

    Mark is currently the Chief Information Officer for DEXUS Property Group, responsible for Technology and Smart Building platforms across the enterprise.

  • Julian Kezelman
    Program Director, RealTechX, Taronga Ventures

    Julian is responsible for supporting the growth of Taronga Group portfolio companies and the adoption of innovation by partnered corporates in the real estate and built environment sectors.
    Julian has a background in corporate innovation advisory. He has designed and delivered programs using different leading methods, including open innovation, new venture design and incubators and accelerators, within real estate, financial services, retail and government.

    He has also designed commercialisation programs for research & development corporations and has developed entrepreneurship programs for tertiary institutions.

  • Suzette Lamont
    Regional Director, Client Solutions, CBRE Asia Pacific

    Trained as a property developer, Suzette has a unique 20-year background in the people side of property She puts the customer firmly at the centre of every real-estate problem and influences teams to work collaboratively to achieve great results.

    She specialises in customer insight and trend prediction, developing and sharing industry best practice in innovation and service delivery. She originated CBRE’s Customer Experience platform called HOST – which brings outsourced hospitality and experience professionals together with an award-winning mobile app to deliver a transformative experience for tenants and visitors of built space. 

    Suzette is strongly involved in many property industry groups including numerous mentoring programs, CBRE’s D+I committee, the PCA’s National “Cities” Roundtable.  She also lectures PCA retail academy, University of Technology and is a teacher with Primary Ethics NSW.

    In her current role at CBRE, Suzette and the executive team lead 780 employees in Property Management. She is responsible for both business and product development; a role that allows her to think about how great outcomes in property are not merely informed by the bricks and mortar – but more by the people of whom experience it.

  • Louise Monger
    Program Manager, Technology & Innovation, Real Estate, AMP Capital

    As the Program Director Technology & Innovation, Real Estate, Louise is accountable for the AMP Capital Real Estate strategic technology roadmap and ensuring delivery of business value from technology investment. She leads real estate's digital and innovation team, collaborating with business leaders to deliver technology solutions for staff, customers and buildings.

  • Ewan Morton
    Managing Director, Morton Real Estate

    Ewan began his career working for an international corporate leader in Australia before beginning his real estate career overseas in Hong Kong, London and Singapore. This provided him with a breadth of international experience and exposure to international clients. In 1996 he and his father, real estate industry veteran Mark Morton, decided to combine their talents and experience to establish Morton Real Estate. Ewan continues to drive the long term growth and success of the business through his determination to embrace innovation and challenge convention.

    His leadership in the business and industry was recognised at the 2014 national REB Awards when Ewan received the coveted “Award for Business Excellence”.  Morton has consistently won industry awards including the coveted REINSW Award for Excellence – Large Agency multiple times.  Ewan is also a Director of the Real Estate Institute of NSW.

  • Varun Nair
    Head of Facilities Management, Scentre Group

    Varun Nair is the Head of Facilities Management at Scentre Group (the owners and operators of Westfield in Australia and New Zealand). He leads the operations team with a focus on long-term asset management and sustainability, including the adoption of emerging technology to improve business outcomes and customer experience.

    He is experienced across Design and Construction having previously worked with global consultants Arup and AECOM as well as in various roles at Scentre Group across engineering, procurement, capital and strategic planning.

  • Leah Ong
    Director of Real Estate, Volvo

    Leah has been working in the property industry for over 19 years. She has extensive experience nationally and Internationally in the corporate real estate field. She has represented Landlords in asset management and later transitioned into Tenant Advisory. Leah is now responsible for the Real Estate team at Volvo Group Australia managing FM services, delivering real estate projects and strategic planning aligned to the business objectives.

  • Linda Rudd
    Partner, National Head of Asset Management Services, Knight Frank Australia

    Operating within the property industry for over 16 years Linda has actively managed a mix of commercial, retail and industrial property portfolios both in Australia and the UK. Linda’s experience in asset management has included A Grade office towers in Sydney, trophy Central London buildings to business parks and industrial assets.

    Linda works nationally across the Knight Frank Asset Management business to drive consistency of service delivery and performance, developing effective service delivery models that suit client requirements, working closely with the property teams to deliver the outcomes that have been committed. Linda’s key strengths lie in her close alignment with the Knight Frank teams and ability to understand and deliver the client’s vision.

    Linda’s ability to identify, formulate and implement asset strategies and business plans, along with her attention to detail and ability to handle complex negotiations has positioned Linda as a key advisor to Knight Frank.

  • Kathleen Stubbs
    Chief Information Officer Australasia, JLL

    Previous to being appointed Chief Information Officer (Australasia) at JLL, Kathleen was the Global Head of Infrastructure and Service Delivery (Deputy Global CIO) for Knight Frank’s global head office in London.
    She has impressive global and Australian experience, spanning IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Data Platforms and Robotic Process Automation solutions.

    Her career has included overseeing large scale digital transformations, service and operations management, application and database management in companies such as Star Entertainment Group, Herbert Smith Freehills Solicitors, Ernst & Young, and King & Wood Mallesons.

  • Sven Sylvester
    Corporate Innovation Lead | Investment Director, Taronga Group

    Sven is Investment Director within the RealTech Ventures Fund and Corporate Innovation Lead within Taronga Venture Advisory. As investment director, Sven is responsible for deal origination, technical due diligence processes and assisting our portfolio companies with implementation activities with our Real Estate Partners.

    As Corporate Innovation Lead, Sven works closely with our Real Estate Partners across Asia to develop frameworks and assist them to accelerate the implementation of new technologies and innovation impacting real estate and infrastructure. This focuses on developing new revenue streams, increasing operational efficiencies and enhancing the overall customer experience.

    Sven is an experienced management consultant with extensive experience in technical due diligence and business performance optimisation. Prior to joining Taronga Group, Sven was at Bain & Company working across Australia, China and South East Asia. He worked across multiple sectors including technology, telecommunications, consumer products, and resources advising both corporate and private equity clients. He has spent over 2 years doing commercial due diligence projects and worked on projects focussed on scaling business operations in Asia, and specifically in China. Furthermore, Sven spent 6 months on secondment in China starting the Swisse vitamins China office in 2016.

    Sven also worked as a Policy Analyst within the Department of Climate Change and was involved in designing the original Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme and modelling power plant efficiencies and carbon abatement opportunities across Australia. Sven holds a Bachelor of Science (Nanotechnology, Hons 1 & the University Medal) from the University of New South Wales and a Doctorate in Philosophy (Physics) from the University of Cambridge where he was a Cambridge International Scholar.

  • Tomas Varsavsky
    Chief Technology and Data Officer, REA Group

    Tomas sets the technology and data strategy and leads the central teams that provide the platforms on which our products are built; including data, security, enterprise technology, infrastructure and architecture. Tomas commenced with REA Group in 2010 and has more than 20 years’ experience working with technology.

    Prior to joining REA Group, he was a Principal Consultant with ThoughtWorks, where he worked with organisations including AXA, Lonely Planet and ANZ on areas such as agile methodologies, software development, IT strategy and IT architecture.

  • Sheridan Ware
    Chief Information and Technology Officer, Charter Hall

    Sheridan is passionate about helping people be their very best selves. She believes in putting people at the heart of the design process and inspiring better ways of working by harnessing place, platforms and partnerships. With over 20 years’ experience in technology and commercial real estate, Sheridan leads the technology function for Charter Hall – one of Australia’s leading property and fund managers – where she focuses on driving greater productivity, improved insights and engaging experiences for the group’s employees and customers.

  • Phillip Yang
    Head of Centre Technology, Scentre Group

    Phillip Yang is the Head of Centre Technology for Scentre group, the owners and operators of Westfield in Australia and New Zealand. He is experienced in developing and delivering strategic business initiatives across a range of industries. Phillip has a track record in building and leading successful high-performing teams and managing a broad range of internal and external stakeholders delivering strategic business value.